18 Things That People Are Doing Wrong When Using Electric Dog Fences

We can’t emphasize it enough. Invisible fences are only as good as the quality of your installation and your level of commitment towards training. On a daily basis we receive calls from dog owners who are frustrated with their containment systems mainly because they did not do their homework beforehand. If you are still looking for the most reliable electric dog fence we want you to pause for a moment and review the most common mistakes related to training-based boundaries:


  1. You neither have time nor commitment to train.  Electric dog fences are never an out-of-the-box solution. It is a training tool and it is only as good as the trainer’s commitment to do the hard work.
  2. You are not rewarding positive behaviors and simply allowing the dog to receive collar feedback when taking bad decisions. Please remember to reward your dog when doing perimeter walks should it choose to return inside the marked flagged area. Celebrate it with food rewards as well as praise.
  3. You picked a cheaper less reputable fence. Yes! you can find electric fences on Amazon for less than $100 but that does not mean they work. The risks vary from burns to your dog’s skin to unreliable signal affecting the training cycle.
  4. You left blind zones. If there are zones of interference where your dog is not receiving feedback there is a good chance your pup will discover it and will eventually escape. Before you install your wire take time to speak to a self installation professional to make sure you have taken topography and physical obstacles into account.
  5. Not enough clarity regarding the boundary areas.  How you mark your boundaries matters. Place flags frequently enough for your dog to grasp the concept of delimitation if there is not a physical fence. If needed tie caution tape from flag to flag to further reinforce the boundary. Keep in mind dogs are territorial and will eventually understand and recognize the area they are allowed to roam.
  6. Pick the right system for your dog. Collar fit, weight, water resistance and area of coverage is essential in selecting your electric dog fence. If you have never purchased a fence before don’t hesitate to call to obtain guidance
  7. Collars are not a 24/7 tool. Please give your dog a break. Constantly wearing the collar can result in sores and other injuries.
  8. Back up with a battery. If electricity is unreliable where you live or even if it is not always back up to a battery to ensure continuous coverage.
  9. Replace the batteries or charge the collar unit with sufficient frequency. If the collar is not receiving signals it is like you have no fence at all.
  10. Test your wire often. Wires break. Make sure your perimeter is always working. Your fence unit will alert you if there are coverage interruptions.
  11. You need to use the right contacts. Long hair with long contacts, short hair with short contacts.
  12. It is all about fit. Make certain the contacts are always fully against the skin. To achieve proper fit you may need to move the collar back and forth.
  13. Collars have setting and warning sounds for a reason. Use them! Setting the collar at the highest level of correction from the very start is an absolute no. Only use as much correction as your dog needs.
  14. Don’t use your system for a larger area than the maximum indicated for your model. It won’t work!
  15. Buy the right fence for your  dog and your area of coverage. There are systems for small dogs and systems for stubborn dogs
  16. If your dog is in heat please use an alternate form of containment. Your electric dog fence is simply not enough.
  17. Always remember that your electric dog fence keeps your dog inside but it does not prevent predators from entering your property.
  18. Use the right wire. Newer fences are designed to be use with solid core single strand wire. the coating on the wire matters therefore select a wire that is designed for direct burial. This is of particular importance if you are in a region with highly acidic soils.


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